Thursday, April 17, 2008

A case (actually, *more than one* case) of the pot calling the kettle black...


It's already funny that some idiot went and defaced a car with a punctuationally-retarded phrase that looks to be meant as an insult to somebody else's level of literacy, yet the person who did the defacing very clearly is a moron himself.

But it's even funnier that the goobers who wrote this article put a random and completely unnecessary comma in the headline. That comma placement is wrong, wrong, wrong. Oh, the irony...the article's headline was defaced with bad punctuation!

Thanks to MATT for finding this little tidbit! MATT has willingly been the victim of my red pen for about seven years now; he's brought me many college papers and law papers to proofread. Yes, I proofread in my spare time...and I actually like it. (Somehow this doesn't surprise you, does it?)

8 comments:

JD said...

Ooh, I actually disagree with you for once.

If you remove the comma from the headline, so it reads 'car defaced with bad punctuation', it suggests that the bad punctuation is what defaces the car. It's not; it's the graffiti that defaces the car. The car would still be defaced even if the graffiti was properly punctuated.

So if you remove the comma, the headline becomes misleading and/or ambiguous. However I would say that the headline as stands is pretty clunky so it might have been best just to recast the whole thing. What do you reckon?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Very good points, JD! I see exactly what you mean. Yeah, you're right, "Car defaced with bad punctuation" could lead someone to believe that the punctuation, not graffiti, is what's defacing the car.

I think they should just change the headline to read "Car defaced with poorly-punctuated graffiti," or something of that nature...

said...

Oh, headlines.

Also, I can't quite figure why an idiot vandal is news. A linguistics professor who is a vandal? Story.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Haha...very good point! Perhaps the story came from a small-town publication and *this* was the most exciting thing they could come up with for a feature... :)

Carlos said...

That's fucking rich! Thanks for linking. Dig your blog :-)

Boggle eh? I was the super bitchin' world champion of the universe once upon a time. Actually, my mom was the only one I knew who loved the game as much as I do. She beat everyone but me. I used to beat the tar out of her. After spending 27 years as a graduate-level English professor, it was a hard pill for her to swallow, but she was always a grand sport, never gave up, and never stopped telling me she'd whip my ass one day. :-)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

You're welcome for the link, Carlos! ...I was also a Boggle champion...now nobody will play Boggle with me anymore! My mom and I used to play all the time, and I always beat her. As a tongue-in-cheek sort of joke, I even made her "Mom's Can of Boggle Whoop-Ass" and gave it to her, but even that didn't help, haha. But, like your mother, mine was also a good sport about losing Boggle games to her kid. :)

Gez said...

This occurred 10 miles from my house and I was out-scooped by two American blogs. Isn't the internet great?

Anonymous said...

Ah... there have been many times I would have liked to have spray painted a grammatically incorrect note on some assholes poorly or illegally parked car but setting up a security camera and recording their reaction to getting ticketed is a pretty good substitute. Unfortunately some parking enforcement doesn't cover such offenses as taking up two spots on the street where I live.